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AIS Boxing

The Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Boxing program was an Olympic Athlete Program initiative based in Canberra from 1997-2010. The program offered scholarship places for the Australian national senior boxing squad and, from 2007, Indigenous National Talent Identification and Development athletes. Both programs worked with Boxing Australia to prepare athletes to represent Australia in international competitions, with a particular focus on performance in Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

AIS Boxing offered a world-class boxing program that gave scholarship holders access to Olympic-standard training facilities as well as internationally renowned sports science and sports medicine practitioners. Boxing facilities at the AIS included two Olympic-standard boxing rings, punching bags, plus specific strength and conditioning facilities to supplement those provided in the AIS Strength and Conditioning gymnasium.

Bodo Andreass was the inaugural head coach of the program and remained at the forefront of the AIS Boxing program until its conclusion in 2010.

Achievements and highlights

AIS boxing scholarship holders have experienced outstanding international success over the years. Their achievements include:


  • Ten AIS boxers represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
    Damien Hooper made history by winning the gold medal at the Youth Olympic Games in 75 kilogram category.


  • Six AIS athletes competed at the 2009 World Boxing Championships in Milan, Italy. Damien Hooper finished the event in the Top 16.
  • Ibrahim Balla, Damien Hooper and Trent Rawlins won bronze medals at the AIBA President’s Cup in Azerbaijan.


  • Nine AIS boxers represented Australia at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.


  • Daniel Beahan reached the top eight of the Superheavyweight division at the World Championships in Chicago, USA.


  • At the Melbourne Commonwealth Games, AIS scholarship holders bettered their success from four years earlier. The team won gold in the 75 and 91 -kilogram classes and bronze in the 57, 60, 81 and 91+-kilogram classes.


  • Nine AIS boxers represented Australia at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


  • Jarrod Fletcher won the gold medal in the middleweight division at the Commonwealth Championships.


  • At the Manchester Commonwealth Games, AIS scholarship holders had outstanding success, winning gold medals in the 54, 67 and 75-kilogram classes and bronze in the 81-kilogram class. This was Australia's best result at a Commonwealth Games to date.


  • Paul Miller and Daniel Geale won gold medals in the middleweight division and welter weight division at the Oceania championships. 
  • Daniel Geale and Justin Kane won gold medals in the welterweight division and bantamweight division at the Acropolis Cup in Athens, Greece.


  • At the Sydney Olympic Games, Australia qualified ten from a possible 12 boxers through the Oceania qualifying tournament. All ten were AIS scholarship holders, with one athlete reaching the quarter finals and two reaching the last 16 in their weight divisions. 
  • Paul Miller, Daniel Geale and Justin Kane won gold medals in the middleweight division, welter weight division and bantamweight division at the Oceania championships.


  • At the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, the Australian team, comprising of a number of AIS boxers, won four bronze medals. 
  • Danny Green and Matthew Paulley won bronze medals at the Liverpool International Boxing Tournament.
  • James Swan won a bronze medal at the World Cup in China.

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